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I have really enjoyed my Cartels. They are one of Burton's tried and true bindings. Mid flex, comfy footbed, and pretty plush but minimalist straps as well with no pressure points. You CAN find more comfortable straps but they are usually 5lb pillows. Board feel is pretty amazing because you do not have anything underfoot except the foam footbed. No plastic or metal discs, baseplates, or anything really. Just your boot, the foam with gel absorbing toe and heel sections, then the board. Combined with limitless stance settings for these EST verions and its magic.I always love Burton's ratchets, they run smooth and last for quite a while. I usually strip my straps before the ratchet teeth and I crank the holy crap out of my bindings. Replacement straps are $5 at my local shop.I wear an 8.5 Burton boot and have these in a Medium. All my straps and adjustments are in their middle positions. They could go smaller or bigger still.